fmian

fmian

Lives in Australia Sydney, Australia
Works as a Photographer/Re-toucher/Consultant
Joined on Mar 28, 2010
About me:

If you're reading this it's probably because I wrote something that confounded or intrigued you. You should know that much of what I say is uncomfortable truth laced with straight faced sarcasm. Don't take it to heart.

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cybertec69: This progressive diversity experiment has destroyed the West. Diversity, these progressives make me laugh, all this diversity nonsense has done nothing more than destroyed cultures and soon civilizations.

@EDWARD pain-in-the ARTISTE
No need for anyone else to say it when you're exemplifying the moniker of discrimination and perpetuating it quite well on your own.
BRAVO!

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2017 at 06:39 UTC
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LWanTeD: This made me realize that I've never, EVER, thought about who is holding the camera of photos I've looked at.

I've been living in the US for 10 years now (coming from a 3rd world country), and I confidently say that I believe that liberals create new problems while trying hard to solve problems that don't exist.

I always check the exif data for the name of the copyright holder to the image, then I do some CIA background checks, track down their lineage through DNA, get their phone line tapped and I make sure they're 100% down with the ethnicity their name claims they are so I can do a solid job of judging them based on skin colour, race, religion, given name and surname. I ain't gonna give some honky tonk privilege when so many honky tonks already have privilege! Cause we all know too darn well that eyes from one race and religion see the world differently from another. Why do you think we've gone from 4:3 aspect ratio screens to 16:9? It's a conspiracy!! Forget the government! It's the Annunaki! they don't want us to know our real purpose on this earth!!

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2017 at 06:34 UTC
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Terry M: EVERY post in the "most popular" queue (at this point) is denigrating the intent of the database. If THAT doesn't illustrate the problem, nothing will.

'EVERY post in the "most popular" queue (at this point) is denigrating the intent of the database.'

Yeah.. I'm seeing it as the the actual database denigrating it's own point. If databases had guns, this one would be blowing its own toes off without even realising it.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2017 at 05:08 UTC
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Ab Latchin: Too many are reading the much liked posts as signs of racism instead of what is really is, popular disapproval of a bad idea.

The creators of the site have an ideological position and social change in mind. However as many have pointed out you don't fix a problem by embodying it. Create inclusivity by fostering exclusivity, overcome race by employing race.

Unless this site is personally interviewing each of their members to ensure true cultural diversity then they are just reading a name or looking at the photographer's photo. This is exactly the type of behavior we find unacceptable when someone applies for a job... Yet these people are promoting it.

It will only create more division, in fact, this way of thinking already is.

Bravo @Ab Latchin!!
*claps as a tear rolls down his face*
Nothing like discrimination disguised as diversification to bring people together!

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2017 at 03:51 UTC
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Paul B Jones: White christians are now a minority in the United States, and not taking it very well judging by the comments here.

So you're judging peoples skin colour and religion based on their comments?
Huh??

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2017 at 02:50 UTC
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SVCguy: Inclusion and diversity are critical for photography's worldwide relevance, innovation and acceptance. Look how fast Nikon responded recently.

The many comments expressed is a sad exposure of how urgent and important this site and other similar ventures are needed. What's admirable - it came from two photographers and not a government or NGO. For us by us!

Enough of the implicit arrogant and ignorant positions that injustices of the past (slavery and genocide based on race, sex, nationality, culture - still ongoing today) are no longer. That the obvious majorities are still not benefiting from centuries of injustices after a few decades of _ _ _ _ _ washed equality actions/inactions. Are we each other's keeper or destroyer?

There's a difference between ALLOWING things to be inclusive and diverse, and FORCING them to be.
One is the natural order of things, the other is discrimination that occurs through favoritism.

Link | Posted on Sep 22, 2017 at 02:33 UTC
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cybertec69: This progressive forced diversity has done wonders for England/Europe, LMAO.

I know right?
It's made the first feminist government in the world also carry the title of being the rape capital of Europe.
Singling people out based on the identifiers that lead to discrimination doesn't get you equality. It just gives you more discrimination.
Very very ironic..

Link | Posted on Sep 21, 2017 at 23:24 UTC
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fmian: The end result is quite garish, and yes I'm being harsh because I expected more from a pro portrait photographer. The big main light reflecting off her forehead in particular is distracting.

Right... if you don't have something nice to say then allow any concerns you have to be swept under the rug. The world would be a much better place with more ignorance and less variety of voices right?

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2017 at 23:33 UTC
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EDWARD ARTISTE: This comment section is a total embarrassment for the field.

Inane, nonsensical, and whiny sobs go on and on about how the shots aren't so good. While they comment in their basements with potato chips on thier chest.

While I love photography, what I do not love so far is other photographers. Heads so far up thier own semi creative behinds (this extends to other art disciples as well, but..) that they cant smell the roses and give a here here for an already accomplished photog that got the chance to do his dream project.

I am six years in, and encountered nothing but resistance or ineptitude from other photogs. But I expect it at this point - artists have become the sole reason that other artists struggle to make money and go on to bigger things. Crab, meet barrel.

I will continue to do photography whether it is successful or no...but right now, photographers are their own worst enemies, and I'd rather dance with the heartless biz people than this sorry bunch. Just disgusting.

There have been critical comments with enough detail in them to say exactly what the issues with the end result is. If you still can't see what they're talking about then what's the sense of being part of an industry that uses the visual medium. We are MEANT to see the photo and some of us will deconstruct it. If you don't want to deconstruct it or you can't, that's fine, but you just sound like an imbecile for knocking those that give sound logical reasons on what they don't like about the shot.

FYI: 15-20 years ago the mistakes made in this portrait would have been the type that 2nd or 3rd year photography students would have been told to avoid. At least it serves as an example for some.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2017 at 23:05 UTC

The end result is quite garish, and yes I'm being harsh because I expected more from a pro portrait photographer. The big main light reflecting off her forehead in particular is distracting.

Link | Posted on Sep 18, 2017 at 04:45 UTC as 57th comment | 3 replies
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Mr Bolton: I want real Polaroid film again. The Impossible project film is ludicrously expensive, takes an hour to develop-and frankly, it's crap. Real Polaroid film had a lot better color; Fuji's Instax wipes the floor with anything Polaroid ever made.

Real Polaroid film for twelve bucks a cartridge again would be BOMB. I love my old SX-70 but kinda feel robbed with each sub-par, no contrast three dollar coaster of Impossible hipster bad color it ejects nowadays.

^^^ This so much..
IP instant prints are horrendously bad. A two month old IP print has more colour shift/fade than a 30 year old Polaroid print.

Link | Posted on Sep 10, 2017 at 23:00 UTC
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jadot: Tape a few Ice Lights together? Lot cheaper.

Yong Nuo YN360 at about $90 a pop.
CRI > 95

Link | Posted on Sep 1, 2017 at 15:32 UTC
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Will1355: Please stop this competition between camera brands. There are no bad cameras only bad photographers. Best pro, best compact etc is all BS in my opinion.

@PAntunes: Makes sense. Thanks for explaining.

Link | Posted on Aug 21, 2017 at 22:57 UTC
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Will1355: Please stop this competition between camera brands. There are no bad cameras only bad photographers. Best pro, best compact etc is all BS in my opinion.

@PAntunes: Don't most good DSLR's have wider AF coverage when you put them in live view mode? Face tracking and all that should come with them as well right?

So you just put your DSLR into mirrorless mode essentially. Only difference being the viewfinder, which you can compensate for by attaching a viewfinder to the LCD for larger clearer display. I don't shoot in those situations though and I'm used to using manual lenses. So I could be missing something there..

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2017 at 23:21 UTC
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panchorancho: 4 hipsters shoot the same boring hipster model with thick framed glasses my old man in the 80s used to wear, while filming in that saturated/desaturated look every hipster on Instagram uses. They even bust out the over used LED lights. I'm surprised they also didn't bust out the prism for some rainbow effects and an image projector with a generic artsy fartsy image overlayed on the model. After that, I'm sure they went to a run down part of town to open an overpriced cafe and thrift shop!

@XXTwnz: 'Coming up with something new and original, especially in 3 minutes, is damned unlikely.'

Seasoned photographers are meant to have spent a good part of their lives developing personal style and characteristics to their work, and how they go about obtaining a final result. After time this becomes more intuitive and almost second nature. So it's not about 'new and original' it's about showing their personal niche hallmark through a visual medium.

Other people might not put such value on such things.

Link | Posted on Aug 20, 2017 at 23:05 UTC
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Will1355: Please stop this competition between camera brands. There are no bad cameras only bad photographers. Best pro, best compact etc is all BS in my opinion.

@Will1355 'I use: DPREVIEW; great informative website in my opinion.'

But DPReview specifically does the things you ask to stop and call out as BS in your original post..

'competition between camera brands.... Best pro, best compact etc'

Contradictory much?

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 23:15 UTC
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panchorancho: 4 hipsters shoot the same boring hipster model with thick framed glasses my old man in the 80s used to wear, while filming in that saturated/desaturated look every hipster on Instagram uses. They even bust out the over used LED lights. I'm surprised they also didn't bust out the prism for some rainbow effects and an image projector with a generic artsy fartsy image overlayed on the model. After that, I'm sure they went to a run down part of town to open an overpriced cafe and thrift shop!

You're right. Nothing outstanding about the artistic style of these photos to say they couldn't have come from any number of photographers out there.
A far cry from professional portraiture seen several decades ago.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 23:10 UTC

Trying to find an objective result from subjective data points.
Might be fun but you're not gonna get a definitive outcome.

Link | Posted on Aug 17, 2017 at 23:05 UTC as 64th comment
On article Nikon announces development of D850 (538 comments in total)

Didn't they just scrap development of a couple of cameras that everyone was waiting on?

Link | Posted on Aug 2, 2017 at 02:19 UTC as 3rd comment
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Ebrahim Saadawi: Film must be shot with monitor crop marks SET TO how EXACTLY it's going to be shown. If this screwed up, either the shooter/director or the editor or the theatre screwed up.

Exactly. It's common for multiple aspect ratios to be considered when framing a shot.

Link | Posted on Jul 23, 2017 at 13:55 UTC
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